TTPS urges safer road use as 5 road fatalities recorded for 2020

With the New Year only 10 days old, already there have been five road traffic fatalities recorded for the year 2020.

And the Trinidad  and  Tobago  Police  Service  (TTPS)  is  appealing  to  motorists  to exercise greater care and caution when driving on the nation’s roadways.

In an official statement, the TTPS notes that of those five fatalities already recorded, two of those have occurred in Tobago.

TTPS: Avoid speeding and driving impaired

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging road users to obey the Highway Code and stop the speeding.

The appeal comes in the wake of yesterday morning’s tragic accident on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, in which four people were killed, including national footballer Shahdron Winchester; as well as last night's five-car-smash-up on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

Coordinator for the TTPS’ Road Safety Project, PC Brent Batson, says too many drivers ignore the reality that the decisions they make do affect everyone else they encounter on the road.

TTPS: Card skimmers not afraid of crowds

A warning today from the TTPS that ATM card skimmers are not afraid to hijack machines in crowded, high traffic areas.

It comes as two foreigners were arrested just last week for planting a skimming device at an ATM in the very busy Trincity Mall.

According to TTPS spokesman, Sergeant Ashraf Ali, there is a misconception that skimmers may be afraid to target these areas because of the amount of people in the vicinity.

Top CoP: do not pay for FULs

Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith is advising persons against paying anyone—including police officers—to secure a Firearm User’s License (FUL).

The top cop says that will not in any way assist in fast tracking their application.

In an official statement, Commissioner  Griffith says he has learnt that numerous  people  claiming  to  know  certain  senior  police officers, who  have made  promises  to assist them in securing their FULs. 

Couva Man Missing

The Trinidad  and  Tobago  Police  Service (TTPS) is  seeking  the  public’s help urgently in locating a missing, mentally-challenged male resident of Couva.

59-year-old  ANGUS SEALEY,  of  Mann  Street,  Balmain,  Couva  was  last  seen  at home,  at  8:30 am on  Tuesday  3 December  2019. 

He was  reported missing  to  the  Couva  Police  Station  around  8:30  pm  on  the same date. 

Suspect held minutes after robbing female victim in Diego Martin

Quick work by officers of the Four Roads Police Station resulted in the arrest of a bandit and the recovery of a quantity of cash, which had been stolen minutes earlier from a female victim in the Diego Martin district.

According to official police reports, the  victim  was  walking  along  the  walkover  of  the Diego Martin highway around 11:15am, on Tuesday 10 December 2019, when she was accosted by a man who grabbed a black bag containing  a  quantity  of  cash  from  her. 

The  man  then  made  his escape on foot into Cuthbert Circular.

Rajaee Ali’s father in police custody

The father of Dana Seetahal murder accused—Rajaee Ali—is said to be in police custody, following his arrest last night.

Sources close to the investigation told Guardian Media that a special unit of the TTPS, acting on information received relative to alleged gang-related activities in the Carapo district, went to the home of Imam Hassan Ali, where he was arrested.

Sources say he currently is being questioned in relation to the alleged gang-related activities.